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Time-Management Strategies
Suggestions from Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)


ADHD and Time Management

Many adults with ADHD symptoms struggle with time management

You can develop skills to help manage your time

Setting priorities is key


Strategies for Success
Suggestions from Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)

Time-Management Tips

Many adults with ADHD symptoms struggle with time management

You can develop skills to help manage your time

Setting priorities is key

For adults with ADHD, prioritizing tasks and sticking to a schedule can be a daily challenge. Symptoms of the condition—like trouble paying attention, forgetfulness, and chronic procrastination—can make it hard for you to effectively manage your time.

By incorporating some of the following tips into your everyday life, you can develop time-management strategies:

  • Break things down. Reduce projects that seem overwhelming into smaller, simpler tasks. Then do them in order, step by step.
  • Use a day planner. Write down your daily goals. Keep it with you so you can refer to it when needed and check things off when finished.
  • Set routines. Get small tasks, like paying bills or checking mail, out of the way first. This can keep them from becoming bigger tasks.
  • Setting priorities is key. When you write down your tasks for the day, rank them numerically to remind yourself which ones should be completed first.
  • Don't overload. Be realistic about how long it takes to complete tasks and how much work you can take on.
  • Use a timer. Set your cell phone or computer to remind you when it's time to move on to your next task.
  • Set aside a time for phone calls and e-mail. You'll eliminate 2 major distractions if you have an appointed time to return calls and messages.

Incorporating some of these tips may help you focus on managing your time more efficiently. If you've been diagnosed with ADHD, talk to your doctor to see if CONCERTA® is right for you.

CONCERTA® is a prescription product approved for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as part of a total treatment program that may include counseling or other therapies.

Talk to your healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Only a healthcare professional can decide whether medication is right for you or your child.

Abuse of methylphenidate may lead to dependence. Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had problems with alcohol or drugs. Keep CONCERTA® in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.

CONCERTA® should not be taken by patients who have: allergies to methylphenidate or other ingredients in CONCERTA®; significant anxiety, tension, or agitation; glaucoma; tics, Tourette's syndrome, or family history of Tourette's syndrome; current or past use of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); esophagus, stomach, or intestinal narrowing. Children under 6 years of age should not take CONCERTA®.

Tell your healthcare professional if you or your child has had any heart problems, heart defects, high blood pressure, or a family history of these problems; has had depression, abnormal thoughts or visions, bipolar disorder, or seizure. Tell your doctor if you have or your child has numbness, pain, skin color change or sensitivity to temperature in fingers or toes. Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you or your child: develops abnormal thinking or hallucinations, abnormal or extreme moods and/or excessive activity; or if aggressive behavior or hostility develops or worsens while taking CONCERTA®. Painful and prolonged erections (priapism) have occurred with methylphenidate. If you or your child develop priapism, seek medical help right away. Because of the potential for lasting damage, priapism should be evaluated by a doctor immediately. Your child's healthcare professional should check height and weight often and may interrupt CONCERTA® treatment if your child is not growing or gaining weight as expected.

Stimulants may impair the ability of the patient to operate potentially hazardous machinery or vehicles. Caution should be used accordingly until you are reasonably certain that CONCERTA® does not adversely affect your ability to engage in such activities.

The most common adverse reaction in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) reported in children and adolescents was upper abdominal pain. The most common adverse reactions in double-blind clinical trials (>5%) in adult patients were decreased appetite, headache, dry mouth, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness, weight decreased, irritability, and hyperhidrosis.

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